Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer represented a 4-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by a worker at a private day care center. A criminal case brought by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office resulted in a hung jury and the D.A.’s office then chose to discontinue the prosecution of the predator.
Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer became involved almost 10 years later at a time when the child was dealing with difficult emotional issues and had repressed the memory of the assault. Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer lawyers brought the case to trial against the sexual predator and against the private day care center which had failed to have appropriate oversight of the worker and of the child. Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer proved that the child was abused and that the day care center created an unsafe environment in violation of the safety standard for day care centers. Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer won a verdict against the sexual predator and against the day care center having assembled evidence which was 10 years old. After the verdict, a substantial confidential settlement was reached to take care of the victim.
In sports, the coach holds tremendous power and control over the members of his team. The influence can yield athletic achievements and success. And, unfortunately, the influence can be abused by the coach engaging in sexual relations with the team member. A Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer lawyer was asked to represent a teenage girl whose high school coach had followed the typical pattern of a sexual predator: progressive physical contact with rewards for her consent and threats when she hesitated. Despite numerous red flags which should have alerted the School, the coach was allowed unrestricted access to the student, until she told her parents.
The Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer lawyer helped connect her with an effective counselor who mapped out a course of treatment and identified her future needs. Although the School denied any responsibility, they agreed to a confidential arbitration process. Even though discovery confirmed that the School could have and should have known about the coach’s sexual abuse, it denied responsibility, forcing the case to arbitration. The arbitrator ruled completely in favor of the student and awarded significant damages that reflected the effect on her. The School fired the Coach.
Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer had the privilege and responsibility of representing the most severely injured of the children abused by Jerry Sandusky. The child had been introduced to Sandusky at the Second Mile summer camp years after Penn State University had been alerted to Sandusky’s pattern of abusing young boys. When Penn State was unwilling to provide sufficient funds to meet the child’s life long needs, Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer sued Penn State in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, beginning a lengthy legal battle, including Penn State being required to turn over millions of documents and produce dozens of its staff for depositions.
When Penn State attempted to delay and relocate the trial, Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer lawyers were able to prove that, as the Judge explicitly found: Penn State “blatantly misrepresented, glanced over or omitted important facts.” With trial rapidly approaching, Penn State agreed to settle for an amount that would ensure that the young man’s financial needs would be met for the rest of his life. At the Board of Trustees’ vote to approve the confidential settlement, one trustee accurately described the recovery as “an extraordinary” sum.